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January 2

Marty Robbins recorded My Woman, My Woman, My Wife at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville in 1970. His backing band included Charlie Daniels.

Capitol released Merle Haggard’s Sing Me Back Home album in 1968.

“Austin City Limits” premiered on PBS in 1975 with Willie Nelson as the first featured guest. The set list includes Good Hearted Woman, Whiskey River, Okie From Muskogee and Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

Johnny Lee filed a $15-million suit in Houston in 1986 against manager Sherwood Cryer for non-payment. He wanted to be released from a 1974 management contract under which Cryer received 50% of his net income.

Bass player John Rich and Lonestar decided to part company during a 1998 band meeting in Nashville. Rich re-emerged in 2004 as a member of Big & Rich.

We lost Little Jimmy Dickens in 2015. He died of cardiac arrest in Nashville, eight days after suffering a stroke. Mixing comedy and an underrated ability as a balladeer, he was a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry and a 1983 inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Guitarist Harold Bradley was born in Nashville in 1926. As a member of Nashville’s A-Team of studio musicians, he became a Country Music Hall of Fame member after playing on hits by Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, among others.

Roger Miller was born in Fort Worth, TX in 1936. Raised in Erick, OK, Miller’s quirky songwriting and sense of humor lead to such hits as King Of The Road, Dang Me and Chug-A-Lug, launching him into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Songwriter Dick Feller was born in Bronaugh, MO in 1943. He penned Jerry Reed’s Lord, Mr. Ford and John Denver’s Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone), and earned a Top 10 novelty hit as a recording artist in 1974 with The Credit Card Song.

John Jarvis was born in Pasadena, CA in 1954. A session keyboard player who records with George Strait, Wynonna and Mary Chapin Carpenter, he also wrote Vince Gill’s I Still Believe In You, Steve Wariner’s Small Town Girl and Conway Twitty’s Julia.